Happy Friday, ladies. Today’s ootd is a twist on casual you may not have considered. I’m that woman who struggles to wear very sporty looks and takes every opportunity to dress up. That’s partly why wearing shorts is a challenge for me. When a reader pointed out that these shorts aren’t much different than wearing a skirt (except for the slip) I decided to play with the look and settled on a blazer and shorts outfit. My rounds straw bag is a vintage Kate Spade and I have never seen one even close to it.
Today, I’m dressing those long white shorts you saw here, with a blazer and some metallic flats. It’s a look that could take you out to dinner, to a graduation, a baby shower, or even a wedding shower. A blazer and shorts may not be on your style radar but it feels just right on mine.
This long linen blazer is the same shape as my beloved white one but in a gorgeous shade of aqua. It’s funny, but this one is called a long linen blazer but its actual length is 1/2″ shorter than my classic linen blazer. Go figure. This just reinforces for me that the name on a garment isn’t always indicative of what it really is. It comes in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes 2-18. I’m wearing a 6 regular and think it runs true to size.
The jacket sleeves are the right length for me but I scrunched them up to add a bit of balance with the shorts. A bracelet might have been nice but it bordered on overkill so I left bare legs and forearms. The short column of white under the blazer feels more put together than if I had three colors in this look plus the shorts might look overpowered.
I needed a shoe that could elevate the look of this outfit, but my wedges felt too high (such a bad pun:) so I opted for these metallic flats. I love a great metallic shoe or bag because they’re a universal neutral. They’re a bit dressy but not too much because the style is so simple.
These are called platinum but look closer to gold than silver. They’re the newest color of my favorite ballet flats. They come in 13 colors, in sizes 3-14. Their working drawstring means you can adjust the fit according to your foot. I loosen the left one to better accommodate the bunion on that foot. They’re very soft Italian leather, but I still wear mine around the house for several hours to loosen them up. That way they’re sort of broken in, before I head out for a full day on my feet.
METALLIC BALLET FLATS
I went with simple silver earrings and a chain necklace ( I added the coin) because it feels more casual than gold. If you remove the blazer and swapped the flats for white tennies, you’d have a simple tee and shorts for running errands.
Have you worn a blazer with shorts? I keep trying to find skorts that aren’t too short for me, so if you have a brand you recommend, please drop it in the comment section.
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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.